Monday, 28 April 2014

The Reason that She Painted Tea is that She Liked Tea

Thursday I showed you the painting I did last semester that I was most proud of.  Today I want to show you guys the rest of my work because I'm proud of them too.

The purpose of the art project was to do six paintings based off of one art movement or based off of one particular artist since the second world war.  I chose Andy Warhol because he was an artist that I was familiar with and I've always liked his Campbell Soup pieces.

All of my paintings, aside from the tea bag one, are my renditions of specific paintings of his, which I'll post links of for comparison. 

Each painting features tea in one way or another.  Warhol painted what he loved, and he loved money and celebrities.  "It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger," he once said.  He painted Campbell's soup because he claims to have had it every day for lunch.  His friend Robert Indiana even said simply, "The reason that he painted soup cans is that he loved soup."  That's why I painted tea; I love it and I drink it nearly every day. 

This is King Cole from King Cole tea, in case you're not familiar with the brand, done in the same style as Warhol's famous print of Marilyn Munroe.
 No, I did not paint six perfectly identical Twinings logos, haha, I printed them out and glued them on.  I wouldn't have the patience to do them all the same and do them well.

This one didn't come out quite how I wanted.  The colours aren't at all what I envisioned.  But as Warhol himself said, "When you do something exactly wrong, you always turn up something."

Warhol's work was a depiction of what was popular during his time.  It was specific to the place and time.  Tea, on the other hand, was likely first drank in China in 1600 B.C.E., and has since spread out across all cultures and is still very popular.  That's why tea and Warhol are such a good juxtaposition; it takes the "then and there" and mixes it with the "always and everywhere."

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